Saturday, November 10, 2012

CSS Party Hop-Monster Birthday Bash

The Clear and Simple Stamps design team is capping off our Release in Review week with today’s party hop. Each designer will be sharing a party ensemble created with stamps and dies from the Collection 5 release. I created a monster themed birthday party for a little boy including a coordinating invitation, table decoration, and party favor made with some of the Uglies sets and dies.

The invitation is a 4 ¼” square card. The front features two of the tiniest Uglies from the Taglines: Uglies set perched on the number 2. I didn’t have a chipboard 2 on hand, so I used my Silhouette to cut out a bunch of identical 2’s, stacked them, and topped them with one cut from orange dotted paper. I stamped the “our little monster is turning” sentiment next to the numeral in blue ink.  A pair of Favor Flag die cuts in the upper left corner, accented with a button, balances out the design.

For the inside of the invitation, I used one of the grid images from the Party Elements: Celebrations set for the party info and stamped several of the sentiments from the Taglines: Uglies set above and below the grid to go with the monster theme.  I added one of the Uglies, too, for a pop of contrasting color.

I used one of the Build-an-Ugly dies to create a table decoration. I cut Leroy out of the same orange dotted paper I used for the 2 on the front of the invitation, then added the die cut eyes and tooth. The number 2 from the Alpha Dots set is stamped on a Favor Flags die cut piece and attached to the back of the die cut piece on a wooden skewer.  I made a little easel-like piece from cardstock and attached that to the back of the die cut so it will stand up on its own.

For a party favor, I used the Little Uglies dies to make finger puppets from felt. After cutting the bodies from blue and orange felt, I stamped the matching image from the Little Uglies stamp set on the felt in Perfect Little Black Dress ink. The ink stamped beautifully on the fabric. To give the puppets a little dimension, I hand stitched a button eye on each one. I have to admit I took the easy way out and used fabric glue to hold the puppets together instead of machine stitching them!

The pair of puppets fit perfectly inside a  die cut Party Favor 1 box. I decorated the box with another orange dotted Uglies die cut and added a thank you sentiment on a Favor Flag die cut strip.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CSS team has created for the party hop. Here’s where to find them:

Tracy Schultz
Lori Tecler-you’re here!
Jennifer Rzasa
Laurie Willison
Dana Grothaus
Jaclyn Miller
Amber Kemp-Gerstel
Debby Hughes, November guest designer
CSS Blog

Materials Used:
Taglines: Uglies, Little Uglies, Party Elements: Celebrations, and Alpha Dots stamp sets, Simply Blue-tiful and Perfect Little Black Dress inks, Trendsetter Blue, Simply Blue-tiful, Creamsicle Cardigan, Green with Envy, and A Blanc Check cardstock, Copic markers (BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, YR15, YG01, YG03, YG05), Party Favor 1, Little Uglies, Build-an-Ugly 2: Leroy, and Favor Flags dies, Simply Blue-tiful and Green with Envy buttons; Simple Adhesive (Clear and Simple Stamps); Pumpkin Double Dot designer paper (BoBunny); felt; black embroidery thread


  1. Those little uglies are just adorable :) I love the finger puppets you made!

  2. Oh your finger puppets are just adorable!!! So so cute.

  3. Great project! Love all the monsters look!


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